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Update 20th January

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK FROM DAVID LENNOX

‘Ears to hear and eyes to see - both are gifts from the LORD’. Proverbs 20:12 Read Proverbs 20:1-21

Remember the three monkeys? ‘Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil!’

Helen Keller was born in 1880. When she was not yet two years old, she had a fever in which she lost both her hearing and her sight. She was unable to see, hear, or speak! Yet she excelled to such an extent that she graduated from Radcliffe College. She said, “The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important, than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune for it means the loss of the most vital stimulus - the sound of the voice - that brings language, sets thoughts astir, and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.” As someone who has suffered hearing problems in recent years I can appreciate her thoughts.

If she had lived in today’s world however she may have changed her mind as we now live in a world where visual stimulus is considered desirable. We say, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, and with the advent of television we are told that people are more visually oriented. To lose either sight or hearing has momentous effects on human life.

Continuing from last week in the book of Proverbs. The writer of Proverbs did not get into comparisons of the relative worth of eye and ear because he believed, ‘Ears to hear and eyes to see - both are gifts from the Lord’. (Prov. 20:12). We need to appreciate these gifts more. We may feel locked in as a result of the Lockdown but there are still many God-given opportunities provided to see and enjoy the wonders of the created world and to listen more to the wealth of knowledge and experience available to our ears. This can lead us to worship the Creator and not the created. Rather than taking sight and hearing for granted, these gifts take on even greater significance when seen as gifts from God.

To embark on a day with eyes wide open and ears ready so as not to miss a sight or a sound can help us to live at a higher level. Doing so from time to time will enrich the life God has planned for us. At the end of the day we can reflect on what we have heard and seen and to give thanks to the giver of gifts who made it possible for us to live with a heightened sense of enjoyment and as a result a richer sense of worship.

Proverbs however reminds us not everything you hear or see is profitable, ‘A gossip betrays a confidence so avoid a man who talks too much (20:19), and ‘haughty eyes’ along with other things ‘are all sin’ (21:4).

Perhaps the three monkeys got it right!!!

Blessings

David

PS If you would like to share a thought for the week please e mail me at david.lennox@wbbc.org.uk

 

EMPTY INK CARTRIDGES FOR RE-CYCLING Some of us donate our empty ink cartridges to raise money for Whitley Bay Street Pastors. Re-Cycle4Charity are changing their system this month and unfortunately it’s not as straightforward as before. The cartridges are still free to send, but require a box and label system of contents with a minimum of 15 used ink cartridges each time. Consequently I think it best if from now on you keep your ink cartridges and give them to me when we’re able to get back to church, then I’ll send them off on your behalf. Many thanks for your help in this. Jenny Armstrong

Bay Foodbank THE BAY FOOD BANK is still operating throughout the current lockdown and your kind food donations are needed now more than ever. Drop off points include Morrisons at Hillheads. Their current wish list can be viewed at https://www.thebayfoodbank.org.uk/wish-list Thank you.

PASTORAL CONCERNS   Should you have any pastoral concerns that would normally be directed to the Pastor please contact Lynne Gradwell: lynne.gradwell@wbbc.org.uk

 

PLEASE REMEMBER IN PRAYER

Liz Hails for continued recovery from a brain hemorrhage.

CLT and the Search Team as they continue the process to appoint a Team Leader.

Kate Bowie who has Myelodysplastic anaemia and painful arthritis.

All those working in Parish Nursing and our Pastoral Care Team.

Lucy, David & baby Sophie  and their mission work in Chad.

Tom who has body dysmorphia, lives alone & is very low.

Amy Robson’s mum who has progressing pulmonary fibrosis.

Alf Wilson who is unwell with a heart condition and is waiting to see a cardiologist.

BMS MISSION TEAM Please continue to pray for the Spears & Shrubsole families working with BMS at Guinebor 2 Hospital in Chad. Especially Jackie Chilvers whose mum died just before Christmas. Brian & Jackie Chilvers were due to join the team this month, but due to the new variant of Covid 19, Chad is not accepting any UK arrivals at the moment.

Those within our Church Family who have serious medical needs or are going through a difficult time but do not wish them to be shared. The Lord Jesus knows who they are and their need of healing, please seek him asking that they be made whole.

     SUNDAY VIDEOCASTS

SUNDAY VIDEOCASTS from 10.00am. This week we begin our new series of FRONTLINE SUNDAYS produced by the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC). This is a companion to the series Fruitfulness on the Frontline which we ran at WBBC in early 2020. You can find the videocast link via www.wbbc.org.uk where you’ll also find the link to the audio podcast version. Or go to Google or YouTube & search for Whitley Bay Baptist Church.

You can find the link to the videocast via the home page.

 

ALSO REMEMBER our Virtual Coffee Time at 11.00am on Sundays.

You will need to bring your own tea, coffee, whatever . . . You are invited to this scheduled Zoom Meeting:

Details of log on are in the  Church Bulletin. If you do not get the Bulletin and would like to then please contact the Church Office   Church Office

OUR BUILDING MAY BE CLOSED BUT OUR CHURCH IS ALIVE!  If you’re an activity/ministry leader we’d love to hear how you’re keeping in touch with your groups or how your work is continuing during the pandemic.  To contribute an update please email Carol at office@wbbc.org.uk